Application to test the 32north STABILicers--Wheiler
- APPLICATION TO TEST The 32north STABILicers
December 2, 2003
Please accept my application to test the STABILicers. I have read and understood the current requirements in the Survival Guide (version 1202) and agree to comply with these requirements as a tester. I have submitted a signed tester agreement to Shane and he has reported that he has that agreement on file. I have also completed the required test reports as listed below.
Name: Michael Wheiler
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Age: 46 years old
Height: 5'10" (177.8 cm)
Weight: 175 pounds (79.4 kg)
Boot/shoe size: 10 (US)
It is often said that Southeastern Idaho has only three seasons--July, August, and winter. Lately we haven't seen too much snow but we have had some very cold temperatures. That usually means lots of ice. For exercise, I still use the old snow shovel instead of a snow blower. Driveways and sidewalks are generally very icy and that means I'm sliding all over the place while trying to move snow. I would be able to report on the Stabilizers' ability to perform on icy concrete under both working and general walking conditions. I try to run outdoors as little as possible (I prefer a treadmill). When I get into the mountains, the snow is usually so deep that there are no trails for hiking. As such, I use snow shoes or cross-country skis. However, about once per month, I get to stand on a frozen lake waiting for fish to visit the one hole I've cut in the twenty square miles of ice covering the lake. STABILicers would be very helpful while trekking across the lake. Occasionally, I need to filter water from a stream and I would test the STABILicers on the icy, moss covered, slicker than snot rocks upon which I would have to walk to get to the water source. I would be interested in seeing how long the VIBRAM sole lasted and just how flexible that sole remained in sub-zero temperatures. I would also be interested in the useful life of the "case-hardened steel cleats." I will try to keep an accurate journal of hours logged on the STABILicers and their effective life span before the cleats need replacement. If necessary, I will report on the ease with which replacement cleats can be obtained and the old cleats replaced. I wear a fairly cumbersome pack style boot during cold weather and I will be interested to see if the STABILicers fit those boots and still maintain their "easy on/off design." Finally, while I don't do a great deal of fly fishing, next summer, I would be willing to try the STABILicers on my hip boots while fly fishing and the effect the STABILicers have on traction under those conditions. If chosen for this test series, I would probably need a size large (according to the 32north size chart) for a shoe size of 10.5-12.
Additional Personal Biographical Information:
I have had more than 35 years of outdoor experience. I've been car camping/hiking/backpacking since my early teens; mostly weekend trips but some week long trips. I try to take a week long trip at least once a year. I am currently a scoutmaster over 12-14 year old Boy Scouts. We camp/hike every month regardless of the weather. I also spend time camping with my family--more in the summer and almost never in the winter but I am still working on my daughters' perspectives on winter camping.
I have been a "traditional" backpacker but thanks, in large part to BGT and its members, I am slowly converting over to a more light weight pack.
Most of my camping occurs in the southeastern Idaho area but spills over into western Wyoming (Grand Teton National Park) and western Montana. The elevations of the areas I frequent generally range from 5,500 feet (1,670 m) to 8,500 feet (2,591 m) above sea level. . The weather in southeastern Idaho is fairly typical of a high desert plain. Winters are usually cold sometimes reaching -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-28.89 Celsius). Snow depths vary greatly but are generally over 10-12 feet (3.04-3.66 m) in most of the areas where we camp and snowshoe. Springs can be moderately wet and cold. Summers are typically dry and warm (80 to upper 90 degrees Fahrenheit (26.67-32.22 Celsius) though this year we have seen temperatures over 100 Fahrenheit (37.78 Celsius) with occasional thunderstorms. Fall weather is actually the best--crisp mornings, warm afternoons and cool evenings with little moisture.
Field Testing Information:
In December, the Scouts and I are planning an overnight snowshoeing trek in Harriman State Park. In January, we will be building snow shelters/camping in either Island Park or the Warm River area. In February, we will be going on an overnight ski trip to Kelly Canyon. My family and I generally try to take one overnight winter campout as well but have no plans as yet. I will be camping in February, March and April with the Scouts as well but have no definite destinations in mind yet. Most of these outings will be in very mountainous terrain--5,500-8,500 foot (1,670-2,591 m) in elevation. In addition to these outings, I plan to use the STABILicers around town and while removing snow from my driveway.
I have posted the following two complete report series:
GoLite Hex 2 Shelter:
Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone Backpack:
Other Reports/Work With BGT:
Current Hennessy Expedition Asym Hammock Monitor.
Current Leki Ultralite Ti AirErgo Pa Trekking Poles Monitor.
Current Xikar Knife Monitor.
Lawson Hammock Monitor.
Clark Jungle Hammock Monitor.
Sawyer Insect Repellents Initial and Field Reports:
Six Moon Designs Europa II Tent Initial and Field Report:
Mountainsmith Wisp Sleeping Bag Initial Report:
Hilleberg Akto Tent Reports:
Adventure Medical UltraLite .9 First Aid Kit Reports:
Princeton Tec Impact Flashlight Reports:
RainShield Jacket and Pants Reports:
Backpacker's Pantry Reports:
Psolar.EX Face Mask Reports:
Victorinox Classic Knife Reports:
PackFlat Grill Reports:
Polar Dome Owner Review:
Leatherman Wave Owner Review:
Slumberjack Expedition Sleeping Bag Owner Review:
GoLite Fierce Sleep System Owner Review:
CMG Bonfire Owner Review (no longer in the system).
MSR Whisperlite Stove Beta Test.
Thank you for taking the time to read my application and considering me for this test series.
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